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Stonefly (2021) is a tranquil adventure game where you play the pilot of an insect-like mechanical craft. Tiny and living in an outsized world, you use your vehicle to harness the wind and explore the wilderness. As you meet inhabitants, collect resources and find new worlds you go on a journey of self-discovery, legacy, and belonging.

Your mission is to get your father's mech back. Your carelessness allowed it to be stolen, and you are desperate to make good on the mistake. Play involves gliding your mech strategically among the beautiful flora and dangerous fauna. You negotiate hungry bugs, meet memorable characters and avoid hitting the ground at all costs.

The game is unusual not only for the miniature mechs and even smaller pilots but the world through which you fly. It's intricately created and offers a layered environment you can explore and use to your advantage. Your missions take you through tree canopies, marshes and prickly briars in the world's undiscovered nature scapes.

Enemies are in the form of bugs. These can be hard to defeat at first, but once you get used to using thermals and updrafts to aid flight you can outmanoeuvre them. There are then different ways to deal with them - flip them over and push them to the ground, stun them or use decoys to distract them. These encounters grant you minerals that you can use to craft specialized mech parts to match your play style.

The result is an unusual game. The play has a rhythm that switches from the excitement of exploration during the day, to being back at camp at night talking to people and upgrading systems. As combat role-play games go, this one is beautiful and surprisingly calm.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Stonefly 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Rich Adams and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Adventure game with Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Strategy elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 10 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for mild violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures, as well as violence against humans that is not shown but is implied.
This game features mild violence towards insect-like vehicles and fantasy characters. Enemies flash when hit and fall over when stunned, without showing any visible harm or hurt. When they are pushed off platforms, what happens to them is not shown. When enemies attack the player's mech character, no harm is shown.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language.
Rated PEGI 3 and ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language.

Skill Level

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Quite young players can enjoy Stonefly with it's familiar "Floor Is Lava" mechanic. Very young will need some help from parents as they get used to the controls. Older school children will enjoy customising their miniature insect mech to their heart's delight.

CostsCosts

Stonefly usually costs £12.99 to £17.99.
 

Stonefly

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS4 £12.99
Steam Store PC £15.49
Switch Store Switch £17.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/06/2021, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure (Fighting, Narrative, Platform and Strategy)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person, Hand-Made and Open World

Developer: Flight School HQ (@FlightSchoolHQ)


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